Aaron Hernandez tops Google list of most-searched U.S. athletes

December 18, 2013 10:35 PM


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Last week, we told you that Tim Tebow was the most-searched athlete on Bing in 2013.

Tuesday, it was Google's turn. They too had another former Patriot at the top of their list. But this time it was was the anti-Tebow.

Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez was the No. 1 most-searched American athlete on the world's most popular search engine in 2013. South African runner Oscar Pistorius was the most-searched athlete worldwide.

Both Hernandez and Pistorius endured spectacular falls from grace in 2013 and each faces murder charges heading into 2014. Hernandez has been charged in the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd near his home in North Attleboro and is now facing a wrongful-death lawsuit from Lloyd's family

He currently resides in the Bristol County House of Corrections and appears to be quite busy sketching and writing letters for himself and his cell mates.

Pistorius was charged with killing his live-in girlfriend in South Africa.

Here's the entire Google top 10 for athletes in the U.S.:

According to Google Trends, interest in Hernandez spiked at the end of June and early in July. He was arrested on June 26, nine days after Lloyd's murder.

The greatest intensity of interest in Hernandez on Google came from the Providence, R.I./New Bedford area, followed by Boston/Manchester, N.H., Hartford/New Haven, Conn., and Portland, Maine.

The Boston Marathon was the most-searched event worldwide, surpassing searches for the tornadoes in Moore, Okla., the Filipino typhoon, which killed more than 6,000 people, and the U.S. government shutdown, which resulted in absolutely no harm to anyone except the Republicans in Congress.

Here's the entire Google top 10 most-searched list for events in 2013:

Among scheduled annual events, the Daytona 500 was the most-searched sporting event, followed by the Tour de France and French Open in the overall top 10.

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